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George Creed - Mi'kmaq Petroglyphs

Tracing of a petroglyph of a hand with cross-hatched palm

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Date: 1888

Petroglyph tracings K: Parts of human figure #2. 3 negatives and 2 positives. Marion Robertson's Rock Drawings of the Micmac Indians interpret this petroglyph as "Hands…a five-pointed star and a coild fiddlehead on the thumb… Among some Algonkin tribes the spiral fiddlehead was a symbol for a medicinal plant and may have been used on this hand to identify a person skilled in healing."

Reference: George Creed - Petroglyphs Nova Scotia Archives MG 15 Vol. 14 K2